Welcome to the School of History

With over fifty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.


Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded CBE

Congratulations to Carole Hillenbrand, Professorial Fellow in Islamic History, who has been recognised with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the understanding of Islamic History . The awards have been given as part of celebrations marking HRH The Queen’s 92nd birthday.



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Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 15 November
Katherine Gerbner (Minnesota / Cameron Faculty Fellow)

‘Conversion, Literacy, and Book History in the Early Modern Caribbean’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

GRADskills Training
Thurs, 15 November
Prof Caroline Humfress and Research Policy Office’s Impact Team

Impact and knowledge transfer
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Medieval Studies
Mon, 19 November
Agnés Bos (St Andrews)

Reconsidering medieval furniture: new research, new perspectives
5.15 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

Insitute of Legal and Constitutional Research
Centre for Global Constitutionalism
Wed, 21 November
Beti Hohler (International Criminal Court)
"Old and new models of post-conflict justice: Experiences from international(ised) courts"
5.00 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

Medieval History Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 21 November
Phil Riding
"People not Places: Understanding Political Centralization in Aleppo, 1190-1210"
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 22 November
Dr Alison Duncan (University of St Andrews)
‘Social Position – networks, status and the physical city in Georgian Edinburgh’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Intellectual History
Mon, 26 November
Istvan Hont Memorial Lecture

Robin Douglass (King’s College, London)
“Rousseau’s Republican Citizenship”
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

EMMH Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 12 December

Amy Westwell, PhD Candidate
Muzzling the King: Monarchy by Popular Instruction in the 1790s.
Cailean Gallager, PhD Candidate
The Fable of the Frogs: Late Jacobite Conceptions of Monarchy
Per Rolandsson, PhD Candidate
The Media-Kaiser Abdicates: Early Weimar Intellectuals’ Evaluation of Wilhelm II’s Role as a Press Figure
Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

For full information about the seminar programme please click here